Oilers release critical update on Adam Henrique

The veteran forward has been absent with an ankle injury.

Michael W.

The Edmonton Oilers are coming off a thrilling 3-2 victory in double overtime against the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, which took place last night at American Airlines Center. Captain Connor McDavid made up for being absolutely robbed by goaltender Jake Oettinger in OT1 by deflecting home the winner shortly into the second overtime session.

But one player that was once again noticeably absent for the Oilers was veteran forward Adam Henrique, who missed most of their Round 2 series against the Vancouver Canucks with an ankle injury. And according to head coach Kris Knoblauch, there is a decision that has to be made before Game 2 tomorrow night. 

"We have a decision to make. He's very close and more time off is only going to make him 100 per cent," Knoblauch explained to reporters. "Right now, he's probably 98 per cent and he could come in the lineup. Now we have to make a decision on what's best for our team. 

"A player like Adam would be a huge boost to our team and that's something we have to decide."

After practice earlier this week, Henrique admitted that it's "painful" not getting to play, but is hopeful to be back in the lineup in short order. 

"It was good to get out there and practice with the guys," Henrique said. "It’s painful watching, so we’re all on the same page as far as where we’re at and how we’re going about things and just take it a day at a time."

Henrique, who will forever be known for potting the game-winning OT goal for the New Jersey Devils to send them to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, was acquired by the Oilers from the Anaheim Ducks at this season's NHL Trade Deadline. He's scored six goals with nine assists in 34 career playoff games. 

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